Big Ten lunchtime links
July, 25, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Happy Media Days week.
- The Champaign News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen previews what he expects to see at media days this week. Illinois is surrounded by bigger, better programs in the new Big Ten, Loren Tate writes. Miami of Ohio's Brad Bates is a candidate to become the new Illini athletic director.
- The Indianapolis Star interviewed the athletic directors at Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame about the state of their programs and college sports in general.
- Scott Dochterman's series on how the Big Ten decided to split into divisions takes a look at how the league dealt with the Michigan-Ohio State 800-pound gorilla. A longtime defensive line coach sizes up what he sees from Iowa's offensive philosophy. The Iowa-Iowa State game needs a new trophy. Here are some suggestions.
- Brady Hoke's "lunch-pail approach" has helped him succeed thus far on the recruiting trail. Wolverines alums feel comfortable around Hoke.
- Joe Rexrode looks at how Michigan State tried to deal with "runners," the guys who befriend players for a chance at some payoff down the road.
- Highly recruited lineman Isaac Hayes decided to stay at home and give back to Minnesota. (P.S., It's going to be awfully difficult to avoid making "Shaft" jokes every time we write about Isaac Hayes the next four to five years.)
- New Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck gave fans a glimpse inside the Cornhuskers' inner workings.
- The Columbus Dispatch's Bob Hunter says the NCAA's report on Ohio State feels a little too neat and tidy. A review of Jim Tressel's NCAA interview. Luke Fickell has never run away from a challenge. Terrelle Pryor might not even be eligible for the NFL supplemental draft.
- Penn State landed a versatile athlete who plays linebacker and tight end on the recruiting front. Joe Paterno talks about the Lions' quarterback situation without revealing who will start.
- Wisconsin players are using the Rose Bowl loss as motivational fuel this offseason.
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